Thanks to a near-perfect ripening season at the Alder Springs Vineyard in 2006, we have enjoyed watching this wine’s development into the lush, ripe and meaty Syrah that comes from this vineyard in its very best years. The nose hits you with the sweet spiciness of Chinese Spareribs, honey and violets. The soft yet solid tannins contribute to the velvety texture of this wine. Rich and opulent flavors take you a couple of spins around the flavor wheel, through spiced plums, clove and eucalyptus into a rich, long finish of espresso, tar and a lovely smokiness.
100 % Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard. 484 cases produced.
The Wine Advocate #180
December 2008 (93 points) – Robert Parker
Another brilliant effort from Lisa and Les Behrens is the 2006 Homage to Ed Oliviera Alder Springs Vineyard. This 300-case cuvee of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah displays black and blue fruits, raspberries, lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, and wet stones. Dense, full-bodied, lush, and succulent, revealing oodles of fruit and glycerin as well as a hedonistic, blockbuster, fruit-driven style, it should age effortlessly for 5-10 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
May/June 2008 (90-92 points) – Stephen Tanzer
Bright, full ruby. Sappy aromas of blackberry, violet, orange zest, pepper and licorice. Lush, broad and full, with chewy flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate and tar. A big, chewy mouthful of wine, finishing with huge but ripe tannins and a late note of licorice. I find this more pliant and better balanced than the 2005 version.
Wine Spectator Insider
November 19, 2008 (93 points) – James Laube
Intense and concentrated, with well-structured exotic leather, spice box, beefy wild berry and blackberry fruit that picks up a note of tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins. Drink now through 2016.